Complainant Com*plain"ant (k[o^]m*pl[=a]n"ant), n. [F. complaignant, p. pr. of complaindre.] 1. One who makes complaint. [1913 Webster]

Eager complainants of the dispute. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) One who commences a legal process by a complaint. (b) The party suing in equity, answering to the plaintiff at common law. [1913 Webster]

He shall forfeit one moiety to the use of the town, and the other moiety to the use of the complainant. --Statutes of Mass. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • complainant — com·plain·ant /kəm plā nənt/ n: the party (as a plaintiff or petitioner) who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. complainant …   Law dictionary

  • complainant — com‧plain‧ant [kəmˈpleɪnənt] noun [countable] LAW a person who makes a complaint in a civil law court; = PLAINTIFF: • If the committee rejects a complaint, the complainant now has the right to apply for a rehearing. * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • complainant — late 15c. (n. and adj.), from Fr. complaignant, prp. of complaindre (see COMPLAIN (Cf. complain)). The prp. also was used as a noun in M.Fr …   Etymology dictionary

  • complainant — ► NOUN Law ▪ a plaintiff in certain lawsuits …   English terms dictionary

  • complainant — [kəm plān′ənt] n. [ME compleinaunt < prp. of OFr complaindre: see COMPLAIN] Law a person who files a charge or makes the complaint in court; plaintiff …   English World dictionary

  • complainant — UK [kəmˈpleɪnənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms complainant : singular complainant plural complainants legal in a court of law, the person who has asked the court to judge their case …   English dictionary

  • complainant — [[t]kəmple͟ɪnənt[/t]] complainants N COUNT A complainant is a person who starts a court case in a court of law. [LEGAL] Ant: respondent …   English dictionary

  • complainant — noun Date: 15th century 1. the party who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding 2. one who complains …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complainant — /keuhm play neuhnt/, n. a person, group, or company that makes a complaint, as in a legal action. [1375 1425; late ME < AF compleignant (prp. of compleindre). See COMPLAIN, ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • complainant — noun the party that brings a civil lawsuit against another; the plaintiff …   Wiktionary

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